Medellín, a city surrounded by mountains, creativity and friendly people.
The city of eternal spring
Medellín is the lively capital of the Antioquia department in northwestern Colombia. With approximately 3 million inhabitants, it is the second largest city in the country after Bogotá.
The city was founded in 1616 and had to deal with violence and crime at the end of the 20th century, among others by the Medellín cartel led by the infamous Pablo Escobar. From the beginning of the 21st century, hard work has been done to modernize the city and Medellín has become much safer. The city is booming and very popular with young people.
Medellín is known as the city of eternal spring. The inhabitants are often called Paisas, although this is officially a name for people from the Paisa region that consists of the provinces of Antioquia, Risaralda, Quindío and Caldas.
Fernando Botero, whose paintings and sculptures enjoy world fame, is paisa.
The most important festival of the city is the Feria de las Flores (flower festival), which takes place every year in early August. The highlight of this party is the parade in which huge flower arrangements are carried through the city. And of course the election of the Reina Internacional de las Flores (the international flower queen).